International Labour Organisation (ILO)
The International Labour Organisation (commonly known as the ILO) is a permanent agency of the United Nations, which works for the improvement of labour conditions in member nations, and for the promotion of social justice through internationally recognised human and labour rights. The ILO has a unique tripartite structure with workers and employers participating as equal partners with governments in the work of the agency.
ABOUT THE ILO MANDATE
The International Labour Organisation is the UN specialised agency which seeks the promotion of social justice and internationally recognised human and labour rights. It was founded in 1919 and is the only surviving major creation of the Treaty of Versailles which brought the League of Nations into being and it became the first specialised agency of the UN in 1946.
The ILO formulates international labour standards in the form of Conventions and Recommendations setting minimum standards of basic labour rights: freedom of association, the right to organise, collective bargaining, abolition of forced labour, equality of opportunity and treatment, and other standards regulating conditions across the entire spectrum of work related issues. It provides technical assistance primarily in the fields of vocational training and vocational rehabilitation; employment policy; labour administration; labour law and industrial relations; working conditions; management development; cooperatives; social security; labour statistics and occupational safety and health.
It promotes the development of independent employers' and workers' organisations and provides training and advisory services to those organisations. Within the UN system, the ILO has a unique tripartite structure with workers and employers participating as equal partners with governments in the work of the agency.
Director-General: Mr. Michel Hansenne
Address: Route des Morillons 4, 1211 Geneva 22
More information is available from the ILO internet web site at http://www.ilo.org
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